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Lesson 2 - Create a Grouped Report with a Document Map

This tutorial will guide you through the process of creating a grouped report using the DXPrinting library for WPF. It will begin with the report created in the previous lesson: Lesson 1 - Create Your First Report.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to group document data using a printing link type for processing collection data sources. You will also learn how to define distinct data templates for document groups in XAML.

To create groups in a report, do the following.

Expanded Modify Data Templates

  1. In your reporting application, open the MainForm.xaml file, and declare a GroupInfo data template. This template will display category names using the TextEdit control, and arrange detail table headers in table rows.

  2. For complex reports, it makes sense to provide a document map that makes the document easier to navigate in print preview. To make the document map reflect the hierarchical structure of the report, specify a bookmark for the category name, and make it a parent of the product name bookmark.

The following code demonstrates the XAML data templates of a grouped report with a document map.

Expanded Define the Data Source

Define a method that will implement the System.ComponentModel.ICollectionView interface for the data source created in the previous lesson. This method should apply grouping to the view source before returning the view.

Expanded Create a Printing Link

DXPrinting provides a special link type to create grouped reports from ICollectionView data sources: CollectionViewLink.

The following code illustrates the implementation of this link.

Expanded View the Result

Your report is now ready to be generated. It reflects the hierarchy of your data via grouping and the document map. Run the application and view the results.

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